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When I was 15, the televisions show called Eye on LA visited my house to do an interview with me on the martial arts for a spot they were producing on Ninjitsu. They also wanted to see my backyard as I had turned my 2000 square foot garden into a fully fledged ninja training camp. This series of articles is going to tell you what I had in my backyard so you too can create your own martial arts backyard dojo too. Since there have been a lot of developments in the arena of fitness and martial arts gear, you should be able to come up with a more modern version of a training location.

Before I begin.

If you are just beginning to place some items into your yard, garage or large room – do not worry too much about looks at first. Your first priority is performance and training. As you progress, you can focus on improving the look and feel of your workout location. This means that you can start by throwing in some used tires, old weights, or whatever you can find at the dump that can be somehow converted into a training tool. In the beginning, get very creative.

I have not put the items (or tips and ideas) in any particular order and since this is article one of many, you will need to review the other articles for the full scope of what to include.

THE NINJA BALANCE BEAM

I started training on 4×4 wood (covered in duct tape) balance beams in the martial arts as part of a warm up. They are great for improving balance as well as working on your kicks. In my backyard I was lucky as we already had some long wooden poles about 12 feet each. They were being used as a sort of border before the fence that led to a schoolyard. They were similar in size to a 4×4 only they had rounded edges. Because they were meant to look rough, I had to worry about getting splinters. However, they were a welcome addition to my obstacle course.

I have used everything from a fallen coconut tree to a simple block of wood (4×4) from Home Depot. Whatever you use, try to find something that you can walk across in your bare feet. You can raise the beam for more of a challenge or just leave it on the ground as it is.

Here are a few ways to use a balance beam:

Basic training

Simply practice walking across the beam or beams. Then try walking faster or even running across the beams. Finally, close your eyes and try to walk from one end of the beam to the other. This is a lot harder than it sounds.

Slow motion kicks

One simple exercise we use in our camps is for students to perform slow motion kicks (like front kicks) on the beams as they walk across the beam from one end to the other. For example:

  • Step up onto one end of the beam
  • Focus first on getting your balance
  • Perform a front kick step-by-step in slow motion
  • Take a step forward and repeat the process with the other leg

The above training is simple, but it will drastically improve your balance as well as your kicks. Good kicks to work on are:

  • The low sweep kick and front kick (easiest as you do not have to pivot the foot as much).
  • Side kicks and round kicks (harder as you need to move more and maintain balance)

You should be familiar with the coil position, pivot, extension and recoil parts of any kick. The main idea is to perform the kicks slow. It is much harder to throw a kick slow (breaking it into 1 second parts for example) than it is to throw a fast kick. You can also combine the training and perform one at a slow speed, another at medium speed and the final kick at a fast pace. Kicking slow will develop the muscles and parts of the body that create the foundation for powerful kicks. Kicking fast will help you advanced balance (adjusting and regaining balance …

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Are you shopping for a Bowflex Revolution Home Gym? I was fascinated by those fancy Bowflex infomercials and decided to buy one. I’m usually not an impulsive buyer but I took the challenge since they offer a 6-week money back guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied. One of the important decisions I had to make was which model to get.

Bowflex has 3 different flavors of the Revolution Home Gym. Below, I’ve outlined the most prominent differences to help you in your shopping decisions.

But First, What Is The Bowflex Revolution? The Bowflex Revolution is their flagship line-up of home gyms. Unlike their power rod units, the Revolution uses Spiraflex technology. Spira what? Spiraflex is a patented technology that uses elastic wrapped around a coil to create controlled tension. The result is increased muscle isolation, control, and faster development. I would best compare it to a high quality cable machine. Although the Power Rods work quite well (found in earlier models), they do not offer the versatility and intensity of the Revolution gyms.

When you perform an exercise on the Revolution, the cables fight with you the whole time, providing constant tension from the start to finish. The result is an awesome pump as your muscles are completely blasted into total failure! It’s similar to the feel you get with weights but in same ways better. With free weights, the resistance tapers off towards the top of the contraction. Not so with the Revolution. The resistance remains consistent, which produces better and more intense workouts. Don’t worry, the Revolution is gonna kick your butt and give you a refreshing super charged workout that will leave your body pumped and feeling great! It did for me.

So, Let’s Compare The 3 Different Revolution Home Gyms:

Bowflex Revolution FT: This is the entry level Revolution. It packs 90 exercises, 400 variations, and plenty of versatility. It includes a leg press plate, 5-position foot harness, squat harness, and a training DVD. If you can live without a lat tower attachment (only available on the XP and flagship model), you can save yourself up to $1,000. This makes it the best deal out of the three. The FT is perfect if you want a more compact home gym but with all the great features, results, and versatility of the Revolution series. It packs 200 lbs of resistance, which can be upgraded to 280 lbs, making it challenging for most athletes.

Bowflew Revolution XP: Sold only factory-direct, the Revolution XP features the same number of great exercises as the FT but with the benefit of the lat tower. For me personally, the price difference doesn’t really justify the need for the lat tower but I’m sure some will disagree. The XP is compact, versatile and like all the Revolutions, whisper quiet during operation. It offers 200 lbs of resistance (upgradeable to 280 lbs).

Bowflex Revolution: It’s funny how the flagship name is the same as the product line up. This can be confusing. Anyways, the Revolution is bigger and more versatile than either the XP or FT. It features 100 exercises, 400 variations, a lat tower, and all the other benefits of the other two. This would be the one to get if you must have the greatest amount of workout options. Athletes and serious weightlifters will benefit the most.

This guy comes with 220 lbs of resistance, which can be upgraded, to a big 300 lbs for upper body ad 600 lbs for lower body workouts. No wonder this is the flagship! Certainly, this model is the most expensive so that is something to take into consideration.

Which Is My Favorite? It depends on your needs but for me, my number one pick has been the FT. It gives me everything I need at a reasonable price and a more space friendly size. If you need to do lat pull downs, then go for the XP. If you can afford it and want the ultimate workout, then the Revolution is the one. Which ever one you get, it will be impossible not to build a great body! And with the 6-week money back guarantee from Bowflex, you have nothing to lose.

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You have a body? Well, you are susceptible to thousands of diseases then. No matter how protective you are towards your body, diseases have a way of sneaking into it and more often than you would prefer, dig in their heels and refuse to budge. And, if you are forty, brace yourselves for any eventuality.

In such eventuality, what you will do is what everyone else is doing… Go scurrying to a clinic and then graduate on to a visit to a specialist and maybe plunge into a hospital bed.

Government healthcare in the US has a budget of 24% of its GDP. When you find this is more than the nation’s defense budget, you realize that healthcare is a more serious business than North Korea’s missiles. Even a casual visit to get rid of the pain that a pin prick causes to the back of your seat drains a substantial sum from your valet.

Some 41% of the citizens do not have an insurance cover. Are you one of them? If you are and are afflicted with some major disease, you are in for a life-time of misery. All your resources will deplete in front of your eyes in treating the condition that you find yourself in.

Will you believe if someone told you that succor lies in your resorting to home remedies for most of your adverse body conditions? For instance, you have a cold that is colder than the Arctic in winter. What is more, it has sort of taken permanent residence in your chest. You have been going through hell trying not to blow your nose off your face… Weeks have passed and no known medication seems to work at all!

A liberal pinch of powdered black pepper and a spoonful of honey dissolved in hot water will transform your chest into sub-Saharan Africa, devoid of any trace of any cold. You must sip the concoction while it is still hot. Do not expect any miracle though! Be warned it is not instant cure. You will surely feel the difference the next day but will only be completely cured in 5 or 6 days.

Have you been smashing full length mirrors at home and hotel lobbies? Does the man in the mirror disgusts you with his belly protruding out like a giant pumpkin has lodged itself therein? Pay no heed to him. Instead, get busy with the following daily routine to mock at the man in the mirror in a month.

Take a ripe ash gourd, cut it into pieces and put the pieces in a mixer/grinder. Reduce them to a pulp. Drink it up. You are not going to relish it but remember it is not your dinner that you are having. If it turns out that you are just not up to it, add just A LITTLE sugar. And, may be shut your eyes tight, if it helps.

Or, you can take 4 or 5 garlic cloves and roast them without getting them burned. Just pop them into your mouth to chew. It is not repulsive, I can tell you: Roasting takes away the awful smell from the condiment. Or, you can boil them in milk and can swallow the whole thing. This too will reduce the unwanted flab and in time, completely get rid of it.

Either of these measures every morning in empty stomach will see a transformation take shape in your body. A month into the future will take you back years into the past when you had no pumpkin growing out of your stomach.

It all may sound too easy and unbelievable. So were most of the technical advances of today some 30 years ago.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, isn’t it?

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Source by Asokan Ponnusamy

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Have you ever gone to your refrigerator, thirsty for a bottle of water, and discovered that you are completely out? What do you do? You certainly aren’t going to grab a glass and head for the kitchen sink. It would be awfully hard to drink tap water after getting used to the sparkling clean taste of bottled water! Short of running to the store to grab some of your favorite kind of bottled water, is there anything you can do to solve this problem?

While it won’t solve the problem this time, the smartest, healthiest, and most convenient solution to the problem of running out of bottled water is to find yourself a local bottled water delivery service. You’ll end up drinking more water than ever when you have your own rented bottled water cooler in your home.

Bottled water coolers are most commonly rented on a monthly basis from the bottled water company. You’ve probably seen coolers like this in a doctor’s office or a business office. The ones for home use are designed as such, and look very elegant and functional, whether they are located in a kitchen, mud room, or pantry. These coolers are usually made of aluminium, stainless steel, some plastic, or a combination of all three. The bottled water companies offer three choices of coolers, depending on your individual needs and wants.

The first, and lowest price cooler is a simple crock that sits atop a wooden stand made of oak. This crock can hold either three of five gallons of water, the usual sizes that the water comes in. It is ideal for people who desire their water to be room temperature, and is ideal for cooking as well as drinking.

The mid priced cooler is different. On this design, the three or five gallon water bottles sit atop a sleekly designed cooler/dispenser that usually has two separate faucets. One faucet will give you quick access to cold water, while the other faucet dispenses room temperature water. Some coolers have an adjustable thermostat so the cold water will always be a just the temperature you desire. There is a removable water reservoir to catch spills, and you can even find attractive covers that will hide the water bottle, if you so desire.

Usually, these companies have an Internet presence, so it is a simple matter to go online and get set up for home delivery. You can see photos of the coolers before you order, as well as the size of the water bottles. The Internet makes it very easy for you to make sure you are getting exactly what you wanted. You are also able to set up a time for delivery and installation, and arrange how you will pay on a month to month basis. Usually, you must pay a refundable bottle deposit on your initial order, but the entire package, cooler, water, and all, can be paid for online.

Depending on where you live, there are a host of companies that can delivered many different brands of bottled water, perhaps even the brand you have been purchasing. With some of these brands, you get a choice of purified water, artesian water, spring water, or distilled water. Any of these is a fine choice, and much better all around than tap water.

The water that will be delivered to your home has usually gone through a treatment called reverse osmosis, which separates the water molecules from the impurities in the water. Nothing is left behind in the water but hydrogen and oxygen in spring or municipal water, the two types that receive this treatment. The water then goes through filtration, sanitation, ozonation, and then bottled. The distilled water, which by the way is just about the purest water you can buy, goes through a process called vapor compression while undergoing distillation.

This means that the water is micron filtered, and then carbon filtered, softened, boiled once again until it vaporizes, then re-condensed one more time. The end result? Water that is so fresh and clean, so pure that it is approved and recommended for medical, dental, and clinical use. Doesn’t your family deserve the cleanest water, too? There is talked that …

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Sick and tired of going to the gym doing all those weight lifting, curl ups, push-ups etc and yet no significant changes happening? I got something for you to boost up your tormented morale. The BodyCraft Xpress Pro Home Gym this product will help you to achieve your most wanted figure without living the portals of your home.

It is equipped with 200-lb weight stack, cable station and bench press station with adjustable starting points, ab crunch station, low pulley station with foot plate for low rows, high pulley station, self-aligning seated leg extension and standing leg curl station and adjustable seat / seat back for lumbar support. That is ideal for building strength and balance for general health, as well as for assisting your performance in recreational sports.

If what worries you is the amount of space that you will need for this product, well worry no more since this is logically designed to be space saving, you can place it against a wall or in a corner. I was able to read a review that assembling the whole machine would take time, however if you are technically a handymen you can easily work it out because it has a very good manual that would aid you in putting all the parts together.

I would highly recommend this to those individuals who's already in their late 20's since one of the foremost thoughts during this age is the concept of remaining healthy and staying fit. And I think this product will be of great use. In view of the fact that most of this age are already professionals working at an office and can hardly find time to go to the gym to workout because of their busy schedules. BodyCraft Xpress Pro Home Gym is the best way to pull up those muscles, shape up your body and lose some weight.

We should always put this notion in mind that "Health is Wealth" that is why we need to take good care of it. And one of the best ways is by staying physically fit by engaging to a particular sport or simply working out with the use of BodyCraft Xpress Pro Home Gym

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Source by James Conner Roberts

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Whether you are just starting a home healthcare agency or have been in business for years, there are several features to keep in mind when evaluating home healthcare software. Below are the top ten features to look for in a HHC software:

1. Intake Management. Look for software that is able to quickly admit and process new patients as well as keep a running history of past patient episodes.

2. Billing. It is not necessary to hire a billing consultant when you choose a home healthcare software with a built-in billing module. Make sure the software supports Medicare, Medicaid, Wellcare and private payers.

3. Scheduling. Most software packages include scheduling but not all of them automatically schedule caretakers according to their availability. Your chosen software should automatically account for travel time, vacation days and sick leave.

4. Customized Payroll System. Look for a software package that offers a customized payroll system so you can easily change pay rates, payroll methods (i.e. pay per visit, per hour or per unit), location rates and third party providers.

5. Point of Care. Some software vendors offer this POC feature and others don’t. It is a very useful feature that allows your caregivers to enter visit notes via a web-browser and send them to your office. The Point of Care feature should work on all portable devices and communicate with the main software.

6. POC 485 Forms. The software needs to be able to print your 485 forms on a standard printer.

7. OASIS Management. Corrections and inactivations should be supported in this module, as well as OASIS validation and electronic submitting capabilities.

8. Outlier Management. With this tool you can proactively manage and control the impact of outlier cases. Most outlier modules offer a PPS calculator.

9. Reports. When you are evaluating the reporting feature on your prospective software, ask how many reports are available. Also find out if the reports, especially those for your patients, are translated in different languages.

10. Narrative Builder. This feature is not offered in most software packages but is extremely convenient. The reason is that instead of having to type standard answers, you can choose answers from a library. Look for a builder with a search function and one that allows you to create your own answers.

In addition to the features above, you are going to want a user-friendly Admissions module that allows you to easily process the in-take and discharge of patients.

When you are evaluating the technology behind the software, make sure it does not require a digital certificate, modem or VPN to submit claims to Medicare. Also, choose a software that is web-based.

Ask the software company if they provide free training and technical support. Also ask how much installation fees are. Lastly, ask for a demonstration so you can see all of the features in action.

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Source by Luciano Lapaz

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For those interested in HHA training but without the financial resources to enroll in HHA courses at fancy schools, there is another option: Free Home Health Aide Training. There is no shame in taking these free courses and in fact, despite what colleges may market at you, some free courses are even better than their pricey university counter parts.

The first step to taking free home health aide training is making sure you meet the requirements. First of all, a potential course seeker will need to be over the age of 18. Next off, the student will need to be able to read and write English at at least a 6th grade reading level. While not required to take courses, having a clean legal record will be an important step in making sure the health aide will be able to qualify for a job after the free home health aide training is finished. Finally, a potential job seeker should be able to lift somewhere in the are of 45-65 pounds. If you can meet these requirements, you will be all set to pursue a career and education in the home health aide field.

The best way to proceed with free health aide training is to reach out to a local HHA agency and see if any courses are available. Home health aid agencies are monitored at the state and federal level by the health service department of record. This ensures that the proper and in demand skills are being taught and that the student will learn to do their job the legal and proper way. The other reason for this oversight is to ensure that the trained HHA is able to receive payments from medicare or medicaid (which requires state sanctioned training).

Contacting an Agency for Free Home Health Aide Training

Free Home Health Aide Training

When contacting the HHA agency, you should be straightforward and ask specifically if there is a free HHA training available. If there is, go ahead and ask about the requirements and time frame of these classes. Agencies often times require that you work with them for a certain amount of time after receiving free health aide training but this can be viewed more like a paid internship than anything else. The standard time period is 1 year. When applying for free training make sure to ask about this part of the deal.

Another way to search for free HHA training is to ask your local state Department of Labor. They should have information about what, if any, free HHA training is available. Some states may provide free training directly with no expectation that the student work for the state. These courses are often time aligned with unemployment training.

The other chief method of finding free home health aide courses is to go online. There is a plethora of free HHA training available. To find these courses the first step is to head to your favorite search engine like Google and just do a simple search for “free HHA training” and see what comes up. Keep in mind that online coursework is often times harder than in person course work due to the lack of accountability so this option may not be best suited for everyone. Also be aware that there are many organizations that will claim to be accredited HHA agencies or education institutes but are not. It is recommended that you all up your state health services department to find out more about the free online courses you come across.

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Source by EM August

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Do you have Radon in your home? That is the question that all homeowners in should know the answer to. The upper Midwest has some of the highest concentrations of radon in the country and that’s why home owners or home buyers for that matter should be aware. Most people don’t think they have radon because they can’t smell it, taste it, see it or touch it. It is silent and it is deadly.

So what is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can penetrate your home and cause serious health risks to the whole family. Most soils contain uranium that, over time, decays to produce radium and polonium. Eventually, polonium is released with the radon, which creates a high toxicity level in the air and water that it infuses.

There is no model for how radon enters the house it is very persistent and most commonly enters the home through cracks in the slab, floor-wall joints exposed soil and sometimes even water from a well.

Exposure to radon gas increases your risk of developing lung cancer. According to the EPA an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are due to radon exposure, which makes it the second leading cause of lung cancer following smoking. Radon gas and its decay products in the air are breathed into the lungs where they break down further and emit alpha particles. Alpha particles release a small burst of energy, which is absorbed by nearby lung tissue. This results in lung cell damage. While the effects of smoking cigarettes are far more recognizable when compared to the effects of radon exposure, there is very little separating the severity of these two potential dangers. How can smoking cigarettes be compared to radon exposure? Check this out!

1 pCi/L of radon is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day! Multiply a home’s radon levels by 2.5 and understand that any homeowner could easily experience the effects of smoking a “pack a day” if the radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L– the minimum action level established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

So now you know that radon is no joke, but how do find out if you have radon in your home. That’s the easy part. The American Lung Association, the EPA, and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. Testing for radon is simple and relatively inexpensive.

There are several ways to test, but these three are probably the most common:

-A short-term kit allows you to get a basic reading in 48 hours, it’s like a quick snap shot of your situation. Radon test kits can be bought from your local Lowes or Hardware store. Once the test is done you simply mail the kit to the lab and they mail you the results.

-A CRM test stands for Continuous Radon Monitoring and this is done by contacting your local state certified Radon testing and radon mitigation specialist. You can find one on your county health department website. In this test they will set a small electronic monitor, a little smaller than a shoe box and garnish the results for you in 48 hours. This test is more live a movie rather than a snap shot because it takes a reading every hour and comes up with a pretty solid range.

-A Long-term tests remain in your home for more than 90 days. Alpha track and electric detectors are commonly used for this type of testing. A long-term test will give a more accurate annual average radon level than a short-term test for your home. The short-term and CRM method of testing are probably are more commonly used during the buying or selling of a home.

After all the testing is done and your radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L– the minimum action level established by the Environmental Protection Agency or higher, radon mitigation will be the next step. Radon mitigation is a simple process typically, but should be done by a state certified radon professional. Each radon mitigation system design varies depending on the structure of your home. Homes are generally categorized according to their foundation design. The existence of a basement, crawl space, …

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Nowadays, a large number of people are entering home health care jobs. They are getting into these jobs because some people are experiencing a hard time taking care of their older loved ones. This is why they end up looking for home health care nurses that can do their duties instead.

There are many ways to find a home care assistant. Most of the time, home health care employees are found directly or via home care agencies. These agencies usually have staff like nurses and social workers that can cater to your needs. On the other hand, employing an independent home health care assistant is more effective because it gives you more power over the kind of assistance you want.

You should properly screen your prospect home care employee is he or she has sufficient training, personality and qualifications. You should completely discuss the needs of the senior recipient during the interview. It is also important for both of you to have a written copy of the job description and the nature of expertise you are searching for.

Before you employ the person, he or she should be knowledgeable and skilled with the following home health care services:

1. General health management including the giving or applying of medication and other medical care treatments.

2. Personal care like dressing, bathing, oral hygiene and shaving.

3. Nutrition assistance including the preparation of meals, feeding and even grocery shopping.

4. Household chores like dishwashing, laundry, and light housework.

5. Companionship like reading books and newspaper or taking the senior on walks.

It is also important to let the employee fill out an application form with the following details: full name, phone number, address, date of birth, educational background, social security number and work history. You can also ask them for a copy of their senior health care certificate and any valid ID like social security card and driver’s license.

These are the basic things you should require and conduct once you offer home care jobs. With these, you would get a qualified and reliable health care assistant. This way, you are assured that the senior will be cared for effectively and satisfactorily.

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Source by Ian H

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Fitness is a choice we make to live better, healthier lives. These days when too many people are leading sedentary lives and getting out of shape, getting fit has become a top priority for more and more people. But with so many choices, which total home fitness equipment should you get?

Here are some tips to help you decide which gym equipment can give you a total work out and help you achieve your fitness goals:

What do you really want?

Sometimes the best home fitness machine that can give you a total workout is as simple as a stationary bicycle or a treadmill. Get the home fitness machine that will work best for your own unique requirement and that will address the specific fitness concerns that you may have. Whether you want to lose weight or build muscles, there are different total fitness gym machines that can perform the right combination of tasks to get you where you want to go.

Measurable results

Aim for something that is tangible. If the machine you’re looking at promises to tone your thighs, then it should provide enough resistance to do so and not just some vague promise that it will give you long, lean muscles if you keep using it.

Try it for size

Check out the fitness machine and see how the bars and handles will fit into your hands and if the extensions can accommodate you’re the length of your legs. Even the simple treadmill comes in lengths that put your body size into consideration.

Consider comfort as one of your top requirements when choosing a home fitness machine. If there are too many demands on parts of your body like your back or knees, your fitness workout will have more negative repercussions than advantages.

No quick and empty promises

You’ve probably seen a lot of advertisements on TV and in the back of newspapers and magazines trumpeting the newest and best total fitness equipment that will surprise and satisfy you. The sad fact is, most of the time, the hype doesn’t equal the actual results.

Stay away from total home fitness gym equipment that promise too much, too many for a too short period of time. There’s a good chance that these promises are empty or at best, temporary. If your home fitness equipment works, then it should do so gradually and permanently.

Price

The cost of a total fitness home gym machine can go as little as $800 and as high as over $3,000. Which one you choose will really depend on your budget and fitness goals. And while it may seem a small matter, the size of your available space at home will also figure in your choice. Some home gym machines are bulky and heavy and will need dedicated space if you want to use them efficiently.

Use

A total fitness home gym machine should accommodate the number of users you have in the house. It should also be easy to assemble and allow you to make quick changes in the resistance or weight if necessary. Some home gym machines even allow simultaneous users for different workout stations. This way, you can enjoy a fitness workout with other members of the family.

For a total body workout, a home gym equipment as simple as a rowing machine will perform well. Choose the right resistance for your fitness level and it will work out your upper and lower arms, back, thighs and legs. It’s low impact and will not be too harsh on your knees.

If you’re already reasonably fit and want to build muscles, you might want to try a universal gym like Tuff Stuff’s CFM-555 or BodyCraft Family Xpress home gym. These are the type of home fitness machines that offer a lot in terms of exercise variety. Plus, you get to build strength and muscles with the weight stack that comes with each set. Depending on the model, you can get a basic set with maximum 200-lb. weight stacks.

A compact home gym like the 500HG from True may also be a good choice. It’s very affordable (price range starts at about $800) and offers a lot in terms of flexibility and …

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